In our Case process builder, we current have a step where the status is set automatically depending on the value of a custom picklist field. The formula looks like this:

CASE([Case].CaseOutcome, 'Outcome A','Status A',
'Outcome B','Status A',
'Outcome C','Status B',
'Outcome D','Status C',

There are three potential status types to be assigned and this formula, but a vast number of new outcomes have been added recently and we are in danger of breeching Process Builders 3900 character limit.

There are currently 85 outcomes to assign a status to;

55 will be given status A
20 will be given status B
10 will be given status C

What I am trying to do is change the formula so it will say something like this;

IF outcome = C, assign status B, ELSEIF outcome = D, assign status C, ELSE assign status A

I have managed an IF formula which will cover status B and A but not status C. Here is a sample of that formula;

IF((ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 1') || 
ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 2') ||
ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 3'),
'Status B', 'Status A')

This works perfectly EXCEPT, there is no way to assign status C.

I have looked through Salesforce formula documentation but haven't found a satisfactory solution. There doesn't seem to be an IF ELSEIF ELSE type formula, which is maddening and would be the exact solution I am looking for.

If anyone has encountered this issue themselves, I would love to hear how you got around it.


1 Answer 1


You can nest IF functions to something like this:

        ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 1'),
        ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 2'),
        * Other Status B Choices Here...
    'Status B',
            ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 11'),
            ISPICKVAL([Case].CaseOutcome__c, 'Outcome 12'),
            * Other Status C Choices Here...
        'Status C',
        'Status A'

This may still go over the limit depending on your available outcomes, and you may have to separate your logic into separate nodes and/or subprocesses, but the IF, ELSE IF, ELSE logic is handled here by nesting another IF function as the ELSE condition of the outer IF.

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